Indiana at Orlando

Hill's solid fourth quarter propels Magic over Pacers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jermaine O'Neal didn't know what to say. His Pacers lost for the 17th time in 19 games, and their usual spot in the playoffs is slipping away.

He couldn't do much to stop Orlando in a 95-87 loss Friday night, and the All-Star looked down with reddening eyes after a question about his name in trade rumors. He didn't answer, waving off reporters after about 10 seconds of silence.

"It's not really about what other teams are doing," said O'Neal, bothered by Dwight Howard into 4-for-18 shooting and eight turnovers. "It's about what we're doing. On a better way to put it, what we're not doing to win games."

Grant Hill scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Trevor Ariza added 17 to help the Magic pick up a key win for their playoff hopes.

The victory was Orlando's third in 10 days against the three teams fighting the Magic for the last two postseason spots in the East. The Pacers are hurting, but not out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Ariza scored seven points in a 1:35 fourth-quarter span that gave Orlando a 79-66 lead with 7:20 left. He had two impressive dunks -- one on a fast break, the second an alley-oop from J.J. Redick.

The Pacers came no closer than three points in the second half, and that was with just under four minutes left in the third quarter. Indiana didn't score again in the period.

"Every possession counted," Ariza said. "Although we struggled in the first half with turnovers, we kind of picked it up on defense I thought. We capitalized on their mistakes."

Jamaal Tinsley had 27 points on 11-for-13 shooting and a season-high 10 rebounds for Indiana, while Danny Granger added 13 points.

Howard had 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, and Hedo Turkoglu scored 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting.

The Pacers went 4:33 in the second quarter without scoring a point, allowing the Magic to take a 43-32 lead. O'Neal sat the last four minutes of the quarter with three fouls.

Both teams, among the NBA's worst in turnovers, handled the ball horribly. Orlando coughed it up 24 times to Indiana's 22.

"It just has to stop," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "Dwight had seven of them. How many walks did we have tonight? We had at least four walks, four or five walks."

O'Neal was back in the lineup after resting Wednesday with left ankle and knee sprains, but spent most of the game in foul trouble.

Trailing 51-41 at halftime, Indiana opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run. The Magic turned the ball over six times in the first 6 minutes of the second half.

Hill brought them back with seven consecutive free throws -- all on hard drives to the basket. A fast break layup and free throw from Ariza put Orlando ahead 67-56 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Though the postseason is still possible for the Magic and Pacers, both have struggled in the second half of the season. Orlando started 13-4, but besides last week hasn't won two straight since January.

The Pacers have been worse, going 11-22 since trading the troubled Stephen Jackson to Golden State in an eight player deal. Most of their losses lately haven't even been close -- 12 by double digits, five by 20 points or more.

"Every question is probably a good question as to why we are not winning," O'Neal said. "There are a lot of reasons as to why we are not winning. There is no consolation for hanging around in a game and no consolation after a close game."

Indiana started 29-24, a win percentage that would now have them in contention for the third, fourth, fifth or sixth Eastern Conference spot.

The game started a stretch of four at home for Orlando, three against sub-.500 teams (Indiana, Minnesota and Memphis).

Notes

  • The season series is tied at 2-2.
  • Orlando was 0-3 against Indiana last season.
  • The road crowd gave Pacers G Darrell Armstrong a warm reception. Armstrong played in Orlando from 1994-2003.
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Orlando's Dwight Howard helps make Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal ineffective in the Magic's victory.  (AP)
Orlando's Dwight Howard helps make Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal ineffective in the Magic's victory. (AP)

Scoreboard
Indiana (31-41) 2714153187
Orlando (34-39) «2625162895
IND:J. Tinsley 27 Pts
IND:J. Tinsley 10 Reb
IND:J. Tinsley 3 Ast
ORL:G. Hill 22 Pts
ORL:T. Battie 10 Reb
ORL:H. Turkoglu 4 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoIndiana

G. Hill

J. Tinsley
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
225027103
Indiana
J. Tinsley, PG428-2011-13103427
D. Granger, SF375-92-201513
M. Dunleavy, SG353-91-18258
J. O'Neal, PF344-182-432510
J. Foster, C273-31-27027
T. Murphy, C225-80-011611
D. Armstrong, PG201-52-20235
S. Williams, SF192-30-02144
M. Baston, PF20-00-01000
O. Greene, PG11-10-01012
D. Harrison, CDid Not Play
M. Daniels, SGDid Not Play
K. McLeod, PGDid Not Play
I. Diogu, PFDid Not Play
R. Marshall, SFDid Not Play
Totals 32-7619-2433123687
 42.1%79.2% 
Orlando
D. Howard, C434-102-482410
T. Battie, PF294-71-210229
G. Hill, SG294-1014-1650222
J. Nelson, PG272-53-42257
H. Turkoglu, SF233-134-454110
T. Ariza, SF266-75-720217
D. Milicic, PF201-10-06112
J. Redick, SG192-42-24227
K. Dooling, PG131-11-21143
C. Arroyo, PG132-33-40208
B. Outlaw, PFDid Not Play
P. Garrity, PFDid Not Play
K. Bogans, SGDid Not Play
T. Diener, PGDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
Totals 29-6135-4543162395
 47.5%77.8% 
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Mil 81 Final
Char 97
Bos 82 Final
Phi 88
Tor 123 Final
Wash 118
NJ 105 Final
Det 110
Mia 92 Final
Min 77
Utah 93 Final
SA 102
NY 103 Final
Dal 105
Den 108 Final
Pho 125
Hou 107 Final
LAL 104
Mem 93 Final
Sea 120
LAC 105 Final
Sac 101